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United meet Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday, 06 Jan 2007.

With Louis Saha out for 2 weeks, an all Scandinavian strike force is expected to greet the Villains with Rooney expected to be rested too. Here's a provisional line-up and formation. Nothing official yet except that Larsson & 20LEgend will start up front.

 

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There have been ten FA Cup ties between Man Utd and Aston Villa and the respective histories of the two clubs, and the Red Devils have won eight of those encounters compared to just two victories for the Midlands-based Villains. United should enhance this record further when entertaining Martin 0'Neill's men at the Theatre Of Dreams in this third round match on Sunday.

An even more worrying stat for the visitors is that you have to go back to 1983 for when they last beat United at Old Trafford - they've not won at the now 76,000 capacity stadium in 21 subsequent visits. And current form suggests they have little chance of bucking that trend. Indeed, Sir Alex Ferguson's charges visited Villa Park on December 23 and served up a 3-0 beating to Villa.

The Premiership title is, of course, the core objective for Sir Alex, but with his side firmly in the driving seat, I reckon that the evergreen manager will be sniffing the alluring scent of a Premiership-FA Cup double, something which United have achieved thee times in a glittering history which has seen them lift the FA Cup on 11 occasions, which remains a record in itself.

The signs are, therefore, ominous for the Villains. If they expect to play an under-strength United in Lancashire on Sunday, they'll be disappointed. Fergie may opt to switch some players around, perhaps bringing Alan Smith into the equation, Heinze maybe starting in place of Evra, while Larson might get a first sighting in a United jersey. But any such changes will be almost like-for-like and certainly won't make Villa's task any easier.

The Red Devils' gung-ho approach can sometimes leave them vulnerable at the back - both Newcastle and Reading have managed to put two past Edwin van der Sar in their two most recent matches - but Villa, who will, incidentally, be returning to Old Trafford just six days later for a Premiership fixture, lack the requisite firepower to take advantage of any such ****** in the United armour.

Despite all of this, it's a knockout cup tie and cannot envisage Villa disgracing themselves - they'll give it a good go, that's for sure - but when push comes to shove they will be outclassed by a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired United side that have been utterly rampant this season.
 

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UPDATE - Tomasz Kuszczak will make his fourth appearance of the season, replacing Edwin van der Sar in goal.
 

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Yeah.. especially since Vidic is a doubt too. Guess this will all about the marauding Scandihoovians then!

Come on, lads all together now...


Ole ! Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!
 

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best of Cristiano said:
I've read that it wil be kuzcak who will be the goalkeeper that real?
Correct. Refer Post #4 in this very thread. Source - Manutd.com where the boss was giving a pre-match interview.
 

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girl_in_red said:
Why do MU have to meet PREMIERSHIP member????? Next time vs The Pompey!!!!

Simple... so when Chelski are humbled by lowly Nottingham Forest, we can all lean back and laugh our combined ar$es off @ them.

No, seriously, it's just the luck of the draw, i guess. Portsmouth are a high flying side who are gelling well together and we must be ruthless and clinical against them.
 
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